Spring is a great time for barbecues, get togethers and parties; here are 12 deliciously easy meals for Spring that are great for a small group or large gathering.
Spring is a great time for barbecues, get togethers and parties. With that food is always at the center, finding deliciously easy meals this busy time of year can be hard. So I thought why not put together some of our favorite meals that our entire family loves.
With that said with the weather here in Colorado is a minute by minute case, meaning that while it is beautiful, it can also be completely unpredictable. One day it will be 85 degrees and sunshine, the next day rainy, cloudy and cold. So I love to have on the menu something for the slow cooker, which is also great for baseball nights, something for the grill for the warm weather evenings and salad something we can eat at home, serve at a barbecue or take on the go for soccer, baseball or track meets.
The two slow cooker meals below, I love because you can serve them plain, with a bun, on a tortilla or even on a salad. They are versatile and everyone of my kids love these two recipes. What is great as well about these two recipes is that the toppers change the look and feel of each of the recipes.
The salads are literally my favorite dishes and they are so easy to throw together as well.
The grilled chicken recipes are easy, letting the chicken marinade at night and then letting my hubby grill them up. I love these on nights that I am busy. And he is in charge of dinner.
The chicken tenders are one of our family’s new to-go-to recipes and I love that they are baked, not fried. Now go ahead and fry them up, but if you are wanting some more spring inspired dishes that have a healthy twist, these are a fantastic recipe to go to.
And don’t forget soup! I love making soup, it is not just a cold weather meal. It’s great paired with salad or just to serve on it’s own – a light meal that is just down right tasty. Chilled or hot, I love soup all year long.
Key to a successful spring dinner is that they are kid-friendly, well at least in our home. Bonus for me is when they are 30 minutes or less, which most of these meals are. Either way enjoy the spring time activities with families and friend, of course while you are enjoying amazing food as well. XOXO San
Below are my favorite kitchen items that I consider are my essentials for making dinner.
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Pots: So I am a total pan snob after having an assortment of brands in our cupboard over the years. After getting some Calpho pans on sale at my local grocer, I won’t try anything more. They are affordable and durable – a win, win in our home.
Measuring Spoons: I have to have a metal set of measuring spoons on hand. The plastic ones just don’t last long in our house partly due to the garbage disposal.
Mixing Bowls: I love having a variety of sizes of mixing bowls. From small to large, I find that having at least 3 bowls of different sizes has been an essential in my kitchen. I prefer Pyrex because of the durability.
Serving Spoon: I love to have a gorgeous and generous in size spoon to serve fruit salads with. I prefer to not have slots in my spoon for fruit salad so that you can enjoy all the delicious juice.
Don’t forget to pin this round-up of Spring Dinners to your favorite Pinterest board for later.